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, the u.s. state of virginia is preparing its first execution of a female prisoner in 100 years. she was sentenced to death for arranging the murder of her husband and son in 2006. >> this is the 41-year-old grandmother who said hit men to kill her husband and stepson so she could collect insurance. now from a jail cell just hours before her execution, she has spoken by phone to a local reporter. >> i want people to know you can be a good person and make the wrong choice. if i have to go on and be with jesus, i know that is going to be the best thing. >> her husband and his son were shot dead in their trailer in rural virginia eight years ago in what was made to look like a bundle robbery. she confessed to police she had left the door open for the killers that she had met two weeks earlier in the supermarket. one of them became her lover as they hatched the murder plot. relatives of the victims are in no doubt that the punishment fits the crime. >> does because he did not pull the trigger, that does not make you not guilty. >> but the defense say that she faces execution while the me
in suburban virginia 30 miles from capitol hill with this year's policy prescriptions. minority leader john boehner and his top lieutenants spelled out their central point. >> government is out of control in washington, and we need to rein it in, and begin a new drive for a smaller, less costly and more accountable government in our nation's capital. these are the things that the american people are demanding, >> reporter: while the backdrop has changed, republicans hope their document, called "a pledge to america," will produce similar results to 1994. that year's plan helped the party gain 54 seats and take the house majority for the first time in 40 years. one of the main architects of the 2010 version is california's kevin mccarthy. he accused democrats of ignoring the country's wishes. >> from the billion dollar bailouts to the stimulus package that failed to stimulate, to the government takeover of health care, you cried stop. but the democratic majority in washington has refused to listen. we are here to tell you today that we have been listening, and we've heard you. >> reporter: in
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